Foster parent referrals jump to one-third as families suffer from unemployment and mental problems during blockade

According to statistics from Britain’s largest child charity, the blockade caused unemployment, exacerbated poverty and mental problems, and caused more families to collapse during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

Barnardo’s Emergency appeal On Tuesday, after a flood of charities with referrals, we asked people to consider becoming foster parents.

In the 12 months to July 31, the number of children who mentioned foster care service across the UK reached 19,144, 36% more than the previous year’s 14,130, according to charity.

“Pandemic and blockade measures are contributing to family collapse by putting pressure on families suffering from unemployment, worsening poverty and worsening mental health,” said interim co-CEO Lin Perry. ..

“We are keen to hear from people of all backgrounds across Britain, including blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities,” Barnardo’s said in a statement. [BAME] And LGBT + community. “

The number of sibling groups mentioned Bernard’s foster care service increased 31 percent in the year ending July 31st.

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by Barnardo’s, 14% of adults in the UK said they would consider foster care over the next five years, but only 6% said they would consider taking care of their siblings.

On the other hand, 70% of respondents believe that it is important to be with their siblings when they grow up, and 60% of respondents with siblings have a negative impact if they are separated while they are separated. It says that it was. growing up.

Barnardo’s, which appeals to potential foster parents with diverse backgrounds, said: The care and stability they deserve. “

It is not clear whether the number of children referred to foster parents by BAME or LGBT + families increased at the same rate as children in other groups.

Government regulations during the pandemic were about the same in all four countries, but England suffered the worst wave of family collapse in 12 months, increasing the number of children mentioning Bernard’s foster care service by 40%. Did. Northern Ireland and Wales saw increases of 20% and 5%, respectively, while the total number of referrals in Scotland decreased by 17%, suggesting that factors other than the blockade policy were at work.

The Epoch Times contacted Bernard for comment.

Lily Zhou